Edwards in Stockbridge Exile (?)

[Jonathan Edwards] can, like John Wesley, be held to have been personally a participant in missions, even if largely by default, through his Stockbridge exile. ~ Andrew Walls

Was Edwards exiled at Stockbridge, the Indian mission where he served and pastored the Mohawks and Mohicans? Did he consider himself displaced there by default–that is, was Stockbridge his only natural option after his ejection from his Northampton church? I don’t think so. Edwards was offered other pastoring opportunities elsewhere, in traditional congregations just like his former one. Yet, instead he freely chose to serve as pastor of the Indians. His ministry there, though full of personal suffering and community troubles as well, bore much fruit by God’s abundant grace.


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